Through All Your Senses

A multisensory interaction with the art of Lee Ungno

By Lee Ungno Museum

Through All Your Senses: A multisensory interaction with the art of Lee Ungno, Lee Ungno Museum exhibition (2019)Lee Ungno Museum

Where
Lee Ungno’s work intersects with new media art

Lee Ungno’s work traverses a wide range of techniques and genres, from painting, sculpting, and drawing to collage, tapestry, and engraving, and from traditional ink paintings to modern abstract paintings. Although Lee’s artistic practices are deeply rooted in Eastern artistic traditions, Lee was more concerned with modernizing the style and theme of his work than with holding on to traditional aesthetics. He was an artist ever in search of the new.

Through All Your Senses: A multisensory interaction with the art of Lee Ungno (2019)Lee Ungno Museum

Lee’s style is similar to media art—which pushes the boundaries of contemporary art— in that it appropriated calligraphic elements of Eastern painting and forged a new path for modern art. Throughout his artistic career, Lee was a bold experimenter who attempted things that had never been attempted before. He tirelessly explored the languages of Western realism and abstract art, as his painting style transitioned from semi-abstract to non-figurative. This transition over time was the result of his goal of creating art that reflected the zeitgeist. Media art is a field in which some of the most experimental and challenging artistic attempts are being made through the use of media technologies.

Through All Your Senses: A multisensory interaction with the art of Lee Ungno (2019)Lee Ungno Museum

He tirelessly explored the languages of Western realism and abstract art, as his painting style transitioned from semi-abstract to non-figurative. In this exciting field, attempts are being made to create new portraitures of the world in which we live. The ultimate aim of media art—to develop new art forms for a new era through endless experimentation—was also one of Lee’s major artistic goals and passions.

Through All Your Senses: A multisensory interaction with the art of Lee Ungno (2019)Lee Ungno Museum

Lee Ungno worked to invent new artistic modalities for the generation in which he lived, seeking to update the conventions of his art, throughout his lifetime. The spirit of challenge, which pushed Lee to pursue new art forms and to never be satisfied with the present, is also found in the underlying philosophical energy of media art. Through the exhibition Through All Your Senses, the Lee Ungno Museum pursues this same spirit of challenge and is exploring new ways of displaying Lee’s work using twenty-first century technologies. Through this exhibition, audiences will be able to enjoy a more varied and multisensory experience of Lee’s art.

Through All Your Senses: A multisensory interaction with the art of Lee Ungno, Lee Ungno Museum exhibition (2020)Lee Ungno Museum

Why media art? 

Extending the means and forms of art appreciation through different sensory channels: This exhibition is designed to help visitors experience Lee Ungno’s art using all of their senses. Throughout this exhibition, newly-devised display modes invite visitors to interact with Lee’s work through haptic touch, hearing, and even dancing.

Through All Your Senses exhibition1 (2019) by Lee Ungno MuseumLee Ungno Museum

In these ways, audiences can depart from more traditional, passive art appreciation, which relies primarily on the sense of sight, and enjoy a more active sensory experience. This increased use of the senses cultivates an increased appreciation of Lee’s work, spurring more colorful artistic experiences and interpretations. Through All Your Senses, visitors have the opportunity to communicate with Lee Ungno and his work through the senses that they use in their normal, everyday lives, but seldom use in a museum environment.

Through All Your Senses: A multisensory interaction with the art of Lee Ungno (2019)Lee Ungno Museum

By combining Lee Ungno’s artwork with new media, this exhibition suggests a new way to exhibit Lee’s work and increase the relevance in today’s artistic milieu. The exhibition is designed so that visitors can freely improvise to directly experience Lee’s works.

Through All Your Senses: A multisensory interaction with the art of Lee Ungno (2019)Lee Ungno Museum

Art created through audience participation  

One of the important elements of contemporary art is the ability of artwork to interact with the viewer. Today, artwork is no longer the sole avenue, viewed from a distance, used to relate to the artist; rather, it is a platform through which the viewer can participate in art-making and communicate back and forth with the artist. This exhibition, which uses digital media to provide audiences with a sensory experience of Lee Ungno’s artwork, invites viewers to create their own variations of Lee’s work.

Through All Your Senses: A multisensory interaction with the art of Lee Ungno (2019)Lee Ungno Museum

Presented using interactive sound and digital imagery, Lee’s pieces react to the movements of viewers through built-in motion sensors, creating a free flowing physical and psychological connection between the viewer and the artwork on display. This experience allows visitors to connect more strongly with each piece and with the artist. The understanding that viewer participation is the only way each artwork can be made complete encourages visitors to move past passive art appreciation to active engagement. In this exhibition, audience members become bold improvisers, filling the space with their own creative buzz.

Through All Your Senses3 (2019) by Lee Ungno MuseumLee Ungno Museum

Through these expanded avenues, experiencing Lee’s work becomes a conversation. In this exhibition, viewer participation prompts each of Lee’s works to remain in a continual state of transition, allowing viewers to experience an insightful and ever-evolving account of Lee Ungno and his art.

Symbiosis, Coexistence (2015) by EXP Lab at KAIST Graduate School of Culture TechnologyLee Ungno Museum

Symbiosis, coexistence

This installation is based primarily on Lee Ungno’s People series. Here, a built-in camera is used to capture the physical postures of visitors and transcribe them on a white screen as calligraphic human forms, similar to those featured in Lee’s People series. By being reborn as a form similar to those made by Lee’s own brushstrokes, in which distinctions between gender, age, ethnicity, and social rank disappear, visitors are represented as part of a group of people, creating a new digital painting.

Through All Your Senses: A multisensory interaction with the art of Lee Ungno (2019)Lee Ungno Museum

"People" in new media 

This room presents a unique, interactive experience that pays homage to Lee Ungno’s People series. In this part of the exhibition, a motion sensor detects the presence of visitors, processes them in real time, and depicts them onscreen as individual figures in one of Lee’s People paintings.

Through All Your Senses: A multisensory interaction with the art of Lee Ungno (2019)Lee Ungno Museum

The dynamic flow of human figures depicted in this section is a reinterpretation of Lee’s People series and represents the connection of humans through online networks. In a network, people exchange knowledge and information, creating new values and advancing the world.

Through All Your Senses: A multisensory interaction with the art of Lee Ungno (2019)Lee Ungno Museum

By becoming a figure in this People series, each visitor can experience Lee’s paintings using contemporary sensibilities and language, and can play a role not only in appreciating artwork, but in creating it.

Through All Your Senses: A multisensory interaction with the art of Lee Ungno (2019)Lee Ungno Museum

Take your own people print! (You,
I, and we)

In this room, visitors can have their photograph taken in front of one of Lee Ungno’s paintings and print out their photo. A section of the wall in this area also functions as a guestbook where visitors can attach their pictures and record the date of their visit.

Through All Your Senses: A multisensory interaction with the art of Lee Ungno (2019)Lee Ungno Museum

By placing their portraits together on the wall, the audience participates in making a guestbook that is similar in style to Lee’s People paintings.

Through All Your Senses: A multisensory interaction with the art of Lee Ungno (2019)Lee Ungno Museum

Through this experience, visitors gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of “I, You, and We” and the ways in which individuals can come together to make history more dynamic. Through this experience, visitors also understand themselves as part of a larger group of people.

Landscape (2019) by Park Jungsun and Gim JunghyeonLee Ungno Museum

Landscape

Based on the imagery seen in Lee Ungno’s ink paintings, this work presents interactive landscape collages. In this part of the exhibition, features like people, animals, bamboo, and flowers react to the movements and sounds made by visitors. As the landscape’s people and animals move, its bamboo shakes, and its flower petals swirl about, the whole scene comes alive in a whirl of activity. Through improvised movements, visitors can freely interact with the pastoral scenery.

Through All Your Senses: A multisensory interaction with the art of Lee Ungno (2019)Lee Ungno Museum

Landscape in new media

In this part of the exhibition, Lee Ungno’s landscape paintings, in which meanings and forms are combined and abstracted, are transformed into an interactive video installation. Using Lee’s landscape and animal paintings as its inspiration, this work examines the process through which Lee abstracted his subjects. The graphic process of disassembling and reassembling forms prompts visitors to experience Lee’s art in a new and unfamiliar way. 

Through All Your Senses: A multisensory interaction with the art of Lee Ungno (2019)Lee Ungno Museum

This part of the exhibition encourages viewers to actively engage in the artistic process. Unexpected elements (such as the viewers’ own figures) are added to produce unique, individual images.

Yami the hungry cat (2019) by Park Jungsun, Gim Junghyeon, Lee Haksu, Choi Wonkyu, and Daler KarimovLee Ungno Museum

Yami the hungry cat

In this interactive video, a cat, sitting idly on a chair, jumps down whenever it senses the presence of a visitor. When visitors repeatedly sit down and stand up, the cat jumps up to bite a fish that is hanging in the air. This interactive clay animation video installation is activated by the movements of visitors.

Through All Your Senses: A multisensory interaction with the art of Lee Ungno (2019)Lee Ungno Museum

Through All Your Senses: A multisensory interaction with the art of Lee Ungno (2019)Lee Ungno Museum

Through All Your Senses: A multisensory interaction with the art of Lee Ungno (2019)Lee Ungno Museum

Through All Your Senses: A multisensory interaction with the art of Lee Ungno (2019)Lee Ungno Museum

Audience and new media

In this section of the exhibition, visitors are transformed from passive, discrete viewers to active participants—in fact, they are a central element of the artwork presented. Through a combination of Lee Ungno’s artworks and media technologies, visitors become the subject matter of the exhibition in their own right and are transformed into the features and texts that are put on display. This engaging experience facilitates visitors’ understanding of Lee’s creative language, and gives them a sense of achievement and the satisfaction of producing their own interpretations of Lee’s artwork.

Through All Your Senses4 (2019) by Lee Ungno MuseumLee Ungno Museum

Visitors will leave with their own new awareness of Lee’s work and an increased understanding of Lee’s artistic language, achieved by creating their own interesting variations of his work.

Credits: Story

Lee Ungno Museum

Director: Ryu Chulha
Curator: Kwak Youngjin
Media Director: 2CM LABS (Park Jungsun)
Curatorial Team: Kim Sangho, Lee Yeonwoo
Public Relations: Kim Hyunji, Jeong Sojin
Administrative Support: Do Sungjung, Kim Yunkyu, Lee Joohyung
Catalogue Design: Shin Shin (Shin Haeok, Shin Donghyeok)
Photograph: Jeong Chanyoung
Illustrator: Park Hyunji
Exhibition Explanation: Oh Hyejin
Translation: Hanjule Translation (Lee Chaehee)
Installation: Artline (Cho Kyosung, Kim Taein)

Credits: All media
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